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In the course of the present enquiry the same difficulty

manifested Itself. For instance, some Informants, although both

families were of the same size, gave the figure of foodgralns

consumption as 20 Kg. per month while others said it was 30 Kg.s

40 Kg., 50 Kg.s or 60 Kg., as they pleased. Similarly while a

majority averred that they spent Rs. 40/- per month on vegetables,

others said it was Rs, 60/-, Rs. SO/- or Rs. 100/- or Rs. ISO/-.

As to expenditure on non-vegetarian Items, the figures varied from

Rs. 20/~ p.m. to Rs. 100/-. The expenditure on                per

year was stated as Rs, 2CM)/  by some, but the others

rent figures, putting them at Rs. 30Q/   or Rs. 500/- or Is. 81

orRs. 1,500/-orRs. 2,000/-.   The unreliability of           state-

ments becomes glaring when figures of .consumption of            are

taken Into account : while a majority stated that they consumed

1 toilet soap and I detergent soap psr month, some people stated

that 4 toilet soaps and 4 detergent soaps were consumed by them.

When they were asked about their consumption of milk, varying

answers were given. But in the village nobody sells milk. How

then could they buy milk in their village^?

The above wide variations in figures based on guess-work

and fancy of Inform ants betray how unreliable they are in estima-

ting average family expenditure. In this context it Is necessary to

bear in mind that c.ea family budgets collected every day for the

duration of one year from selected households, are liable to bias

unless the investigitor maintains double check on daily accounts

of informants, price trends, etc.

Therefore, for our purpose, physical consumption pattern

is relied upon. Average family expenditure is estimated by

taking modal average of physical quantities consumed and their

market value.